Archive for August 2013

Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story

Reporter wins Black Journalists’ 2013 Excellence Award for police misconduct story
The Chicago Reporter won one of the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2013 “Salute to Excellence” awards during the organization’s annual convention this year. Reporter staff writer Angela Caputo, editor Rui Kaneya and intern Yisrael Shapiro took the top prize in the investigative reporting category for magazines under 1 million circulation for the story “Abusing... Read more »

Families out of reach, incarcerated youth often silent about sexual assaults

It’s been six months since Celia Peoples last saw her 14-year-old son. He is only five hours away from her home in the small downstate town of Harrisburg, Ill., but Peoples, who is unemployed and barely making ends meet, can’t afford to take a car or a bus to visit him. Peoples’ son is incarcerated... Read more »

How big is ALEC’s footprint in Illinois?

If you haven’t heard about the American Legislative Exchange Council, that’s because ALEC, as it’s commonly called, prefers to work behind the scenes. But that has become increasingly difficult. In recent years, ALEC, a group that brings together corporations and legislators to draft model legislation, has come under fire for its role in several infamous... Read more »
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CHA residents call on city to end contracts with Leon Finney Jr.

When Chicago’s Department of Buildings added Leon Finney Jr. to a short list of scofflaw landlords who are barred from doing business with the city in 2011 because he had ignored dangerous code violations in some of his rental buildings, it might have seemed like the politically connected pastor and developer from Woodlawn would be... Read more »

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ
Little Village is just across from where “The Barber Shop Show’s” airs its weekly broadcast in North Lawndale. It’s primarily an immigrant neighborhood that’s home to both the Cook County Jail and the street known as the other Magnificent Mile. Now, Little Village will be home to one of WBEZ’s neighborhood bureaus and staffed primarily by... Read more »

Immigrant activists put lives on the line to spotlight deportations

Immigrant activists put lives on the line to spotlight deportations
Three young immigrants are risking their lives in the United States to bring attention to an issue they say has gotten woefully little play in the immigration debate – deportations. As part of a campaign called Bring Them Home, led by the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, a trio of undocumented U.S.-based activists, including Chicago-based Lulu Martinez,... Read more »
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In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village
It’s around 10 p.m. and things are winding down at Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission. The church is a storefront on Little Village’s 26th Street, one of the busiest in Chicago, and rarely a moment goes by when a car doesn’t rush past the church in a blur. But inside the church, the street... Read more »

Activist, educator uses indigenous traditions to heal his community

Tomas Ramirez grew up with the understanding that to be healthy as an individual, his community had to be healthy. He believes it’s his responsibility to help maintain and heal his community. Ramirez moved to Chicago from Central Mexico 20 years ago to reunite with family. He has since become an essential member of Chicago’s... Read more »

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago
One week to the day that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, I was watching a film with clear parallels to Martin’s story. “Fruitvale Station” is a dramatized version of the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit cop on New Year’s... Read more »
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